The English department hosts readings by students, faculty and internationally acclaimed authors, creating an intellectually stimulating academic environment. The Mary Blossom Lee Visiting Poets Series and the Lawrence A. Sanders Writer-In-Residence Program bring poets and prose writers to deliver readings, conduct seminars and meet with students. Recent visiting writers have included Roxane Gay, Gary Shteyngart, Judith Ortiz, Cristina Garcia, Tayari Jones, Nick Flynn, Eula Biss, Michael Martone, Forrest Gander, Gerald Vizenor and Phil Klay.
“In FAU’s M.A. English program, I worked closely with talented and diverse faculty members who remained invested in their students and teaching while they pursued their own research. English department graduate seminars were often run as open discussions, inspired by critical pedagogy and problem-posing education. As I started writing my M.A. thesis, I received a ton of one-on-one time and personal attention, ensuring my project would be competitive in the academic market. Outside of offering sharp graduate seminars on contemporary topics of interest, the English department encouraged professional development by putting together roundtables on submission and publication as well as C.V. and Ph.D. application writing workshops, for example. Working as a graduate teaching-assistant in the department, I was given a chance to develop my own course syllabi and assignments. The department emphasized the importance of pedagogy, rhetoric and composition for all the graduate students, regardless of their field, and as a result, I came out of the program a more conscious and sensitive teacher of writing. The faculty I studied under, the extracurricular workshops I attended, and the teaching experience I garnered at FAU’s M.A. English program were all crucial in my acceptance to the Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut.”
--Simone Puleo (FAU English MA 2012 ), PhD student at the University of Connecticut